WORLD FIRE BRIGADE has sold over 10 million records…between its members. It all started with a veteran songwriting trio:
BRETT SCALLIONS (former front man of the multi-platinum selling band FUEL, & lead vocalist with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors)
SEAN DANIELSEN (Smile Empty Soul lead singer/guitarist) &
EDDIE WOHL (producer/mixer for Anthrax, Ill Nino, Smile Empty Soul, Jesse Malin, Dry Kill Logic, 36 Crazy Fists, and H2O.)
The trio began writing & recording songs with the idea of possibly licensing them out or getting them to other artists, but it evolved into much more when the songs began to smolder.
“It got to the point where we looked at each other and said, ‘You know, this is too good to give away’,” says Scallions. “We need to do this for ourselves.”
After YOGI LONICH (Buck Cherry, Chris Cornell) added some smokin’ lead guitar parts, & bass player BRAD STEWART (Shinedown) & drummer KEN SCHALK (Fuel, Candiria) joined the picture, WORLD FIRE BRIGADE became a no holds barred rock n’ fuckin’ roll band.
“It’s much heavier than anything I ever did with Fuel,” Scallions says of WORLD FIRE BRIGADE’s sound. “We’re doing a lot of stuff in lower tones which is a first for me.”
And with two front men in the mix, the music is full of strong harmonies & angst driven melodies that perfectly complement the heavy guitar tones. Scallions & Danielsen’s voices mesh together beautifully, at times adding a perfect chaos that will make your blood boil and your toes curl.
The recently completed WORLD FIRE BRIGADE debut album will be released in mid/late 2011.
Please visit the band’s Reverbnation page, where you can download their new song, “Shot Down”!
Black Robot released their self titled debut in May of 2009, and went on to become one of our favorite new bands at Hard Rock Hideout. Black Robot is the new band that was started by former Buckcherry members, Jonathan “JB” Brightman, Yogi Lonich, and Devon Glenn. The band’s lineup has changed since this CD’s initial release, but Black Robot is still rocking harder than ever. After a listening to this CD the first time, you will be hooked by the opening cut “Badass”, the killer cover of the J.J. Cale classic “Cocaine” (that was made famous by Eric Clapton) and my personal favorite “Money”. The great songs don’t stop there though. You will be hard pressed to find a bad tune on this disc.
If you missed the initial release of Black Robot, you will be glad to know that the full CD will re-released tomorrow (Tuesday June 8th, 2010). Not only is it it the same great CD from 2009, but you also get two new tracks that wasn’t on the 2009 version of the CD. The new tracks “Girls Kissing Girls”, and “23 Days of Night” are both kick ass tunes and enhance what was already a kickass CD to begin with. “Girls Kissing Girls” sounds like it could have been on an AC/DC record, and “23 Days of Night” taps into the band’s classic influences including Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath.
If you are a classic rock or hard rock fan, you need grab a copy of Black Robot’s CD for your collection. You won’t be disappointed! You can purchase the CD in the Hard Rock Hideout Store at this link. You can preview songs over at the Black Robot myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Momma Don’t Cry
- Girls Kissing Girls
- I’m In Love
- In My Car
- Black Robot
- Love on a .45
- 23 Days of Night
- Stop the World
- Nervous Breakdown
Black Robot is:
Huck Johns – Vocals
Jonathan “JB” Brightman – Bass
Andy Andersson – Guitar
Staffan Österlind – Guitar
Possum Hill – Drums
Darren Dodd – Drums, Percussion
Fred Mandel – Piano, Organ
Cris Powell – Drums
Dave Cobb – Guitars